Let the bidding begin! – The island connection

By Martha Zink for The Island Connection

Art, jewelry, vacation packages and golf opportunities are among the luxury items now available for auction on the Arts, etc. website. The auction, held in conjunction with the Kiawah Arts, etc House Tour, will continue until noon on April 9, the day after the house tour. All proceeds from the house tour and auction support arts programs for children in the Sea Islands.

West Fraser, a nationally acclaimed artist who lives in the Lowcountry, donated “Looking to Wadmalaw.”

The painting is in oil on a linen panel, in a Masterworks frame. The artist will also lead a gallery tour of his works for a small group and two signed books for the winning bidder. The book is “Painting the South Coast: The Art of West Fraser”. West Fraser was born in Savannah in 1955 and is a master of the richly painted and atmospheric plein air painting. He has been featured in numerous publications, has been honored with solo exhibitions in museums across the country, as well as a traveling solo exhibition. West Fraser’s paintings are part of the permanent collections of nine museums in the United States and Bermuda, including the White House. The Gibbes Museum has mounted three solo exhibitions of his work. If he painted in Europe and in the world, the landscapes of the Lowcountry always set him back.

Other donated items include:

• A week in Vail at the Ritz Vail Residences in a stunning three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo, including concierge service, restaurant certificates, and spa services.

• A 14k gold double cord chain bracelet with a diamond clasp courtesy of Croghan’s Jewel Box.

• A Kiawah Island golf package including a round of golf for four at the River Course or Cassique, a club tryout by Rusty Mazell and a one-hour golf lesson.

• A Sweetgrass Basket by Mary Jackson, nationally renowned textile artist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, whose work in the Gullah tradition is on display at the Smithsonian.

• A round of golf for four at Briar’s Creek, including overnight accommodation in newly constructed clubhouses.

• A stone sculpture by Scott Penegar, a nationally renowned sculptor who works in stone and bronze. This piece depicts sea turtles, reflecting his expertise in marine biology as well as his artistic talent.

• A culinary experience for 8 people (wine included) in the home of the winning bidder by chef John Simm of The Secret Recipe Chef Services.

These and other articles can be found at kiawahartsetc.org. where bidding will continue until noon on April 9. There is also information on purchasing tickets for the Kiawah House Tour which will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 8.

Laura J. Boyer